New Delhi, November 25: Now there will be strict action against people smoking in railway stations. On the directions of Delhi Railway Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, all Police Officers of seven Railway Police Stations have been given training on the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). This training was imparted with the assistance of Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) and Max India Foundation. On this occasion, all police officers were also administered oath not to consume tobacco.
Delhi Railway Police Assistant Commissioner of Police, Meera Sharma, told all police officers that consuming tobacco in any form is a social evil and one can quit and make others quit with strong will power. She said, “We have to do this work together and it would be better that first we quit this habit.” Sharma instructed to issue challans under COTPA if people do not follow the orders and smoke in railway stations, which is a public place as per COTPA.
She also asked to put ‘No Smoking’ signages as per the law at all Railway Stations as well as Railway Police Stations. Section 4 of COTPA prohibits smoking in public places.
Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) Project Manager, Dr Somil Rastogi said as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2016-17), 12.4% of youth aged 15-24 are tobacco consumers. In Delhi, one out of five persons use tobacco and in capital of India, smoking is the preferred form of using tobacco, whereas in the entire country, chewing tobacco is in maximum use. In last seven years, the average age of tobacco initiation has reduced, Dr Rastogi added
In Delhi, 25 lakh people use tobacco products
In Delhi 25 lakh people (17.8%) people use tobacco products in some form. Daily 81 children start using tobacco in Delhi, while in India, 5500 children start using tobacco every day and most get addicted. Every year 19,000 people in Delhi die due to tobacco-related diseases. In the country’s capital, 28% adult become exposed to second hand smoking in public places. It is vital to stop children from consuming tobacco.
Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) and Max Hospital Cancer expert Dr Saurabh Gupta said that the number of cancer patients is increasing in hospitals and the concern is that cancer patients seen coming to hospital are younger than before. He said “the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products have nicotine in them, which is more addictive than heroin. Less than 5% people are able to quit the habit of nicotine. Therefore, best strategy is to stop the initiation in children.”
Dr Saurabh Gupta said it becomes the responsibility of Police Officers to implement the law to curb the use of tobacco products, so that children and youth can be saved.
He further added, tobacco is responsible for 50% of all types of cancers, 90% oral and lung cancers.
Oral cancer patient present, Anil Kumar told all officers that how he started using tobacco and became addict and shared the devastating situation of his family after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Police officers of New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Sabji Mandi, Sarai Rohilla, Delhi Cantonment railway police with present.